Ukraine's An-124 made contribution to Falcon Heavy launch preparation, - Ukraine embassy in US. PHOTO

An-124-100 Ruslan aircraft operated by Antonov Airlines, a subsidiary of Kyiv-based Antonov SE, took part in preparations for the launch of Falcon Heavy rocket.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the statement  made by Ukraine's embassy in the United States on social media, Falcon Heavy was launched from the pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

"Ukraine's Antonov Airlines took part in preparations for the launch by delivering rocket components using its An-124-100 Ruslan aircraft. We are talking about part of the rocket's nose fairing which could only be placed into a powerful cargo plane like Ukrainian Ruslan due to its dimensions. A month ago the Ukrainian aircraft traveled 3,613 kilometers within 4,5 hours, ensuring timely delivery of parts of the Falcon Heavy rocket for its timely launch at Cape Canaveral," the embassy said.

A new super-powerful Falcon Heavy launch vehicle lifted off from Cape Canaveral on its first test flight on Feb. 6. The launch of the rocket was broadcast by SpaceX which had been preparing for the launch for seven years.

The rocket stands 70 m tall, its core has a diameter of 3.66 m, and when fully assembled with its side boosters is 12.2 m wide and weighs 1,420 tonnes.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's personal car – a cherry red Roadster – was fired into space on board the Falcon Heavy. Last month, Musk wrote on Twitter that he really liked the idea of sending a car to an endless journey through space, where millions of years later it could be discovered by representatives of an alien civilization.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3048988